Cookies

About cookies

You may have heard of internet cookies…you may know all about them. To confirm, cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites you visit. Cookies allow us to identify you (or, more accurately, your computer) when you visit our website. Knowing how often people are visiting each page of our website helps us work out how and where to improve our website.

By continuing to use our website, you consent to the use of cookies (including third-party cookies) as described in this policy. This Cookies Policy is part of our Privacy Policy.

Types of cookie

Categories

Necessary cookies help make our website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

Performance cookies help us understand how visitors interact with our websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously.

Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display content and ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable.

Persistent cookies and session cookies

Persistent cookies remain on a visitor’s device for a set amount of time. This means for example that we can identify when a site visitor is a repeat visitor or new to us.

Session cookies are created temporarily and last for as long as your browser window is open, being automatically deleted after you close your browser. These allow us to link the actions of a user during a visit to the website, to provide a consistent experience.

The cookies we use

Details about the cookies we use are set below. Some of these are third party cookies – see the section on third-party cookies below for more information.

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This cookie is used to by Cloudflare to support performance optimisation. It does not store any personally identifiable information. 

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This cookie is used to remember your preference for accepting the use of cookies. It expires in one year.

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This is a Google Analytics cookie. It helps us monitor the use and performance of our website. It expires in 2 years.

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This is a Google Analytics cookie. It is used to throttle request rates. It expires in one minute.

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This is a Google Analytics cookie. It helps us monitor the use and performance of our website. It expires in one day.

Third party cookies

First party cookies are the cookies that are set by this website; third party cookies are set by other websites. This website uses cookies provided by other organisations to support functions such as statistical performance analysis, rich media functionality and social sharing. These are third party cookies. You can read privacy policies from these third parties below:

Control your cookie settings

If you want, you can block cookies by changing the settings on your browser – we have set out below links to the help pages of some major browsers which explain how you can do this. Blocking the cookies we use may have an adverse impact upon the presentation of some or all of our website. General guidance on how to manage your cookies can be found here:

Specific guidance on how to manage cookie options for common website browsers can be found here: